saw palmetto

New Florida Regulations for Harvesting Saw Palmetto Berries

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, along with the Endangered Plant Advisory Council, recently added saw palmetto to the Department’s commercially exploited plant list. The new requirements took effect July 17, 2018. OFFICE OF AGRICULTURAL LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGAL BULLETIN 2018-02 SAW PALMETTO After receiving input from public and private landowners, conservation interests, and other interested parties, the Endangered Plant Advisory …

longleaf pine

Restoring and Protecting Longleaf Pine Forests

Dan Forestry, USDA-NRCS

In June of 2017, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a two-year implementation strategy to help private landowners restore and protect 400,000 acres of longleaf pine forests. Through the strategy, NRCS furthers its ongoing effort to use existing Farm Bill programs and other resources to increase the abundance and improve the health of longleaf pine forests in nine Southeast states, including Alabama, Florida …

forest products

Benefits of Sustainably Harvesting Non-timber Forest Products

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

A new report by USDA Forest Service researchers provides science-based information to help decision-makers, practitioners, and researchers to promote the sustainable harvest of non-timber forest products. The Assessment of Nontimber Forest Products in the United States Under Changing Conditions synthesizes the best available science for managing non-timber forest resources in the U.S. “Many private landowners harvest non-timber products to generate income from …


WHIP Signup Officially Open

Dan Cattle, Field Crops, Forestry, Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through November 16, 2018. “Hurricanes and wildfires caused billions of dollars in losses to America’s farmers last year. Our objective is to get relief funds …

florida farmer

Levy County Forester Named Florida Farmer of the Year

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Lynetta Usher Griner has received a prestigious honor for her business success and her contributions to her community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Griner as the 2018 Florida Farmer of the Year. Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes outstanding agriculturists in each of the 10 states in the Southeast. …

longleaf pine

Longleaf Pine Program for Florida Landowners

Dan Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Florida landowners are encouraged to take part in the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program. The Florida Forest Service is accepting applications through Friday, July 13, 2018 from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners. The program is supported through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with funding from various agencies including USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Forest Service, and the U.S. …

florida forest

Florida Forest Service Announces Long Leaf Pine Program for Landowners

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

The Florida Forest Service announced that the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program is now accepting applications from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners. Applications will be accepted now through Friday, July 13, 2018. The goal of the program is to increase the acreage of healthy Longleaf pine ecosystems in Florida by helping non-industrial private forest landowners make the long-term investment required to …


Georgia Governor Signs Agribusiness Legislation into Law

Dan Education, Forestry, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

With a long list of legislation impacting agribusiness, Georgia Governor Deal never hesitated in signing every one of them. We are grateful for the legislators and Governor Deal for their support of our state’s ag and forestry interests. Here’s the quick summary of new ag laws starting July 1, 2018: GATE: Much needed changes to the GATE program are included in HB …